Despite what you may have heard, it’s not all a perpetual toilet swirl for the wild fish rivers of the Pacific Northwest. Case in point, the Native Fish Society’s optimistic look at the “11 Most-Improved Wild Fish Rivers 2014”. The list, which includes the John Day, Rogue, Skagit, and Sol Duc, focuses on watersheds that have benefitted from habitat restoration, hatchery reform, and regulation changes that support the recovery of native fish populations.
“While often overshadowed, many rivers and wild fish populations in the Pacific Northwest are seeing dramatic improvements in their health thanks to the hard work of local groups, tribal communities, river stewards, and agencies.”
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.